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Today's Topics:

   1. Openness on the reflector (Don Putnick)
   2. Re: [K3]  N3FJP rig control settings? (Terry Schieler)
   3. Re: K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04 (Nate Bargmann)
   4. Elecraft rocks! (richard allen)
   5. Re: [K3]  N3FJP rig control settings? (Willis)
   6. [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down (ai6ii)
   7. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down
      (Mark Stennett)
   8. Re: K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04 (G4LNA)
   9. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down
      (Ron D'Eau Claire)
  10. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down (Don Wilhelm)
  11. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down
      ([hidden email])
  12. Re: Openness on the reflector (Bill)
  13. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down (Rick Johnson)
  14. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down (Greg)
  15. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down (ai6ii)
  16. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down (Willis)
  17. Re: [K3]  N3FJP rig control settings? (Nate Bargmann)
  18. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down
      (Hank Garretson)
  19. Re: K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04 (Nate Bargmann)
  20. Re: P3 SVGA interference - (Paul Saffren N6HZ)
  21. Re: Openness on the reflector (Monty Shultes)
  22. Re: Openness on the reflector (KQ8M)
  23. Re: [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down (Fred Jensen)
  24. Re: Openness on the reflector (David Gilbert)
  25. Re: K3 + P3 + Microkeyer (Arthur Burke)
  26. Re: [K3] N3FJP rig control settings? (Arthur Burke)
  27. KX1 ant. and cntpse. ques. (John Flynn)
  28. Re: KX1 ant. and cntpse. ques. (KQ8M)
  29. Listening on k3 subreceiver while transmitting (Gary Slagel)
  30. K3 mac software and digital interfaces (Ron Gould)
  31. Re: Listening on k3 subreceiver while transmitting (N5GE)
  32. Re: K3 mac software and digital interfaces (Greg)
  33. Re: K3 mac software and digital interfaces (McWilliams F. Barry)
  34. Re: Listening on k3 subreceiver while transmitting (Mark n2qt)
  35. Re: K3 mac software and digital interfaces (W4ATK)
  36. Re: K3 mac software and digital interfaces (Bill Frantz)
  37. Re: K2 - K3 Comparison Question (Gary D Krause)
  38. Re: KAT500 (Howard Stephenson)
  39. K2 hook-up to an ALS-600 amp (TI2/NA7U)
  40. Re: K3 mac software and digital interfaces (Joe Subich, W4TV)
  41. Re: K2 hook-up to an ALS-600 amp (Don Wilhelm)
  42. Re: K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04 (vk4tux)
  43. Re: K2 hook-up to an ALS-600 amp (TI2/NA7U)
  44. Re: K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04 (G4LNA)
  45. Re: Openness on the reflector (Ron D'Eau Claire)
  46. KX1 ATU causes power to drop off... (ke9uw)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:05:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: Don Putnick <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] Openness on the reflector
To: Elecraft List <[hidden email]>
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Another reason for private conversations is that's the way many of us old
time newsgroup users were taught. If it's of obvious interest to the entire
group, then reply via the group. If it's specific to the original poster,
reply via email. BUT then it is also the responsibility of the original
poster to summarize and post the replies received, along with a "thank you".
? I'm sort of curious. What leads you to the observation of private
conversations? ? Don NA6Z K3, KPA500, with a KAT500 on order

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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:13:22 -0500
From: Terry Schieler <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3]  N3FJP rig control settings?
To: 'David Inger' <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

David,

Your comments about the ease of use of the ACLog program for "casual" users
is EXACTLY why I was hoping to find a fix for the DX spotting issue I have
with ACLog and my K3.  I didn't want to give up the simplicity of ACLog, but
had hoped to make it work *fully* with the K3.  It does everything I need
(and intuitively) except a smooth spot.  I am resistant to change with
something I've used for so many years.  But, I guess one can't have
everything.

Terry, W0FM


-----Original Message-----
From: David Inger [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 10:58 AM
To: [hidden email]
Cc: [hidden email]
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3] N3FJP rig control settings?

Hi Jim,
 
I have been using ACLog for about 2 years now.  I find it simple, easy to
use, and without a lot of complex features that are of no value...to me.  I
am a DX'er and an extremely casual contester (for the DX value).  ACLog
reports K3's band and exact frequency; which is all I really want it to do
for logging purposes.  I don't use it to control a rotator  (since my wire
antennas and vertical don't need rotators!) and I don't use it to report DX
spots;  I use the standalone DX cluster program DX Summit for that.  I also
find the program easy to use for my LoTW uploads.
 
I have tried several other logging programs such as logger32, Ham Radio
Deluxe (which I use for general rig control and digimodes), DX Keeper, etc.
I find them all too bloated with features I have no use for, and which
require a learning curve that I don't have the time for.  One good thing
about ACLog (which is true of many logging programs) is that it will export
your log in ADIF format.  If you chose to switch to another logger, it is
relatively painless to export from ACLog and import into your new logger of
choice.
 
These are my experiences for what it's worth.....
 
73 de K6SBA
David in Santa Barbara
 
 




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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:34:10 -0500
From: Nate Bargmann <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

When you enter "groups" at the shell prompt, what is returned?   It's
likely that you need to add your username to the dialout group.  You will
need to log out (at a minimum) and log back in after making the change.

73, de Nate, N0NB >>

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The pessimist fears this is true."

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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:35:05 -0500
From: richard allen <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] Elecraft rocks!
To: [hidden email]
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"

I got my invoice last Wednesday for my kx3 and immediately called to change
my shipping to next day air since I needed to leave Thursday for Hamcomm in
Plano and my contest QTH for the weekend June VHF contest.

Well, when I got my shipping notice Friday it was marked to be sent UPS
Ground and would be delivered Thursday nite.

After I calmed down I tried over the weekend to get UPS to change the
delivery to will-call at the UPS center in the next town.  I was hoping to
be able to pick it up on my way out to Dallas.  No such luck.

The great part: I called Elecraft at 8:20 their time this morning and talked
to Madelyn to see if she could get the delivery changed to will-call.

She called me back about 20 minutes later and told me she had cancelled my
shipment and sent me another kx3 overnite as I had requested.  Now, that is
service!  Great job Madelyn and Elecraft!

Richard W5SXD


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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:44:15 -0500
From: Willis <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3]  N3FJP rig control settings?
To: Terry Schieler <[hidden email]>
Cc: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>, David Inger
        <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

If you are using a USB converter rather than a rs-232 connection it may be
your problem as many of the USB converters do not give you a full featured
connection.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 4, 2012, at 11:13, Terry Schieler <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> David,
>
> Your comments about the ease of use of the ACLog program for "casual"
> users is EXACTLY why I was hoping to find a fix for the DX spotting
> issue I have with ACLog and my K3.  I didn't want to give up the
> simplicity of ACLog, but had hoped to make it work *fully* with the
> K3.  It does everything I need (and intuitively) except a smooth spot.  
> I am resistant to change with something I've used for so many years.  
> But, I guess one can't have everything.
>
> Terry, W0FM
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Inger [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 10:58 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Cc: [hidden email]
> Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3] N3FJP rig control settings?
>
> Hi Jim,
>
> I have been using ACLog for about 2 years now.  I find it simple, easy
> to use, and without a lot of complex features that are of no
> value...to me.  I am a DX'er and an extremely casual contester (for
> the DX value).  ACLog reports K3's band and exact frequency; which is
> all I really want it to do for logging purposes.  I don't use it to
> control a rotator  (since my wire antennas and vertical don't need
> rotators!) and I don't use it to report DX spots;  I use the
> standalone DX cluster program DX Summit for that.  I also find the
> program easy to use for my LoTW uploads.
>
> I have tried several other logging programs such as logger32, Ham
> Radio Deluxe (which I use for general rig control and digimodes), DX
> Keeper, etc. I find them all too bloated with features I have no use
> for, and which require a learning curve that I don't have the time
> for.  One good thing about ACLog (which is true of many logging
> programs) is that it will export your log in ADIF format.  If you
> chose to switch to another logger, it is relatively painless to export
> from ACLog and import into your new logger of choice.
>
> These are my experiences for what it's worth.....
>
> 73 de K6SBA
> David in Santa Barbara
>
>
>
>
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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When testing
with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m (21.200). With the K3
at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I
bring the amp online and drive it at 200 watts, all is still good even with
a 15 second key down period. Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay
with key down, although the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase
the drive a little more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500
shows REFL HI and drops into STBY.  

And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!

So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand new
premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.

I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?

..mike

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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:10:53 -0500
From: "Mark Stennett" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
        down
To: "ai6ii" <[hidden email]>, [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

What happens when you run the KPA-500 into a dummy load? If all is well, I
would guess that something is changing under high power and affecting the
load.

-----Original Message-----
 From: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
 To: [hidden email]
 Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
 Subject: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down


I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When testing
with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m (21.200). With the
K3
 at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I
bring the amp online and drive it at 200 watts, all is still good even with
a 15 second key down period. Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay
with key down, although the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase
the drive a little more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500
shows REFL HI and drops into STBY.  

 And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!

 So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand new
premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.

 I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?

 ..mike

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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:12:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: G4LNA <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

Hi Nate,

Blast! As soon as you mentioned "groups" the penny dropped, I've no idea why
I didn't think of that sooner, I feel a right wally now :)

Thanks mate, all systems are go, now all I've got to do is to rid myself of
Ubuntu 9.1 and reclaim the partition, let the fun begin.

Thanks mate.

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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:33:37 -0700
From: "Ron D'Eau Claire" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
        down
To: "'ai6ii'" <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <001f01cd4278$2e338710$8a9a9530$@biz>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

Mark has an excellent point, especially if you have a ferrite core
transformer (balun, etc.) somewhere in the antenna system. One thing that
can cause that behavior is heating of the toroid core. At a certain
temperature, the core's magnetic properties change dramatically, changing
the inductance and so causing the SWR to change.

Ron AC7AC

-----Original Message-----

What happens when you run the KPA-500 into a dummy load? If all is well, I
would guess that something is changing under high power and affecting the
load.

-----Original Message-----
 From: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
 To: [hidden email]
 Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
 Subject: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down


I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When testing
with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m (21.200). With the K3
at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I
bring the amp online and drive it at 200 watts, all is still good even with
a 15 second key down period. Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay
with key down, although the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase
the drive a little more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500
shows REFL HI and drops into STBY.  

 And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!

 So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand new
premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.

 I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?

 ..mike



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Message: 10
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:42:34 -0400
From: Don Wilhelm <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
        down
To: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

Mike,

My first guess is that it is not the coax, but attach a dummy load to
the antenna end of the coax to test it under full power just to be certain.

The most likely thing is that something in your antenna system is arcing
at the higher power.  End insulators?  Vegetation touching the antenna
wire? center insulator arcing? or balun failing at power?

73,
Don W3FPR

On 6/4/2012 1:00 PM, ai6ii wrote:

> I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When
> testing with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m
> (21.200). With the K3 at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and
> 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I bring the amp online and drive it at 200
> watts, all is still good even with a 15 second key down period.
> Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay with key down, although
> the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase the drive a little
> more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500 shows REFL HI
> and drops into STBY.
>
> And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!
>
> So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand
> new premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.
>
> I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?
>
>


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Message: 11
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 12:47:42 -0500
From: <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
        down
To: <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <DACEDB01744D4745B256BD0761D32119@MikeFurreyPC>
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
        reply-type=original

My bet will be on a bad connection someplace after the amp. With power
something is shorting ... could be in coax connector, antenna, etc ... been
through that. Once had found an elevated radial on 160 inverted "L"  had
dropped and touching a tree limb was the problem.

73, Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron D'Eau Claire
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 12:33 PM
To: 'ai6ii' ; [hidden email]
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down

Mark has an excellent point, especially if you have a ferrite core
transformer (balun, etc.) somewhere in the antenna system. One thing that
can cause that behavior is heating of the toroid core. At a certain
temperature, the core's magnetic properties change dramatically, changing
the inductance and so causing the SWR to change.

Ron AC7AC

-----Original Message-----

What happens when you run the KPA-500 into a dummy load? If all is well, I
would guess that something is changing under high power and affecting the
load.

-----Original Message-----
From: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down


I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When testing
with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m (21.200). With the K3
at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I
bring the amp online and drive it at 200 watts, all is still good even with
a 15 second key down period. Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay
with key down, although the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase
the drive a little more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500
shows REFL HI and drops into STBY.

And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!

So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand new
premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.

I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?

..mike

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Message: 12
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:51:00 -0400
From: Bill <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Openness on the reflector
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

Simple:  Two responses to my post here and five others in my mailbox.

Thanks for asking,

Bill W2BLC


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Message: 13
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:55:19 -0400
From: Rick Johnson <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
        down
To: <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
        reply-type=original

Jump back down to Ron's input.
I had that exact same scenario with my OCFD.  As soon as I transmitted any
length of time on CW above 250W the SWR would jump up and the KPA500 would
fault. The problem was a too small torroid 4:1 balun.  I bought a 5KW balun
from Hy Power Antennas and the problem went away. Just because the balun is
rated to 5KW doesn't mean you have to use that much power.

73,
Rick W3BI

-----Original Message-----
From: [hidden email]
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 1:47 PM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down

My bet will be on a bad connection someplace after the amp. With power
something is shorting ... could be in coax connector, antenna, etc ... been
through that. Once had found an elevated radial on 160 inverted "L"  had
dropped and touching a tree limb was the problem.

73, Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron D'Eau Claire
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 12:33 PM
To: 'ai6ii' ; [hidden email]
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down

Mark has an excellent point, especially if you have a ferrite core
transformer (balun, etc.) somewhere in the antenna system. One thing that
can cause that behavior is heating of the toroid core. At a certain
temperature, the core's magnetic properties change dramatically, changing
the inductance and so causing the SWR to change.

Ron AC7AC

-----Original Message-----

What happens when you run the KPA-500 into a dummy load? If all is well, I
would guess that something is changing under high power and affecting the
load.

-----Original Message-----
From: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down


I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When testing
with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m (21.200). With the K3
at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I
bring the amp online and drive it at 200 watts, all is still good even with
a 15 second key down period. Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay
with key down, although the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase
the drive a little more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500
shows REFL HI and drops into STBY.

And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!

So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand new
premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.

I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?

..mike

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Message: 14
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:18:47 -0700
From: Greg <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
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Cc: [hidden email]
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I hate to say this but cable experts does not have a stellar record with
their installed connectors.  I would cut them off and install new ones.

73
Greg
 On Jun 4, 2012 10:55 AM, "Rick Johnson" <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Jump back down to Ron's input.
> I had that exact same scenario with my OCFD.  As soon as I transmitted
> any length of time on CW above 250W the SWR would jump up and the
> KPA500 would fault. The problem was a too small torroid 4:1 balun.  I
> bought a 5KW balun from Hy Power Antennas and the problem went away.
> Just because the balun is rated to 5KW doesn't mean you have to use
> that much power.
>
> 73,
> Rick W3BI
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [hidden email]
> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 1:47 PM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
> down
>
> My bet will be on a bad connection someplace after the amp. With power
> something is shorting ... could be in coax connector, antenna, etc ...
> been through that. Once had found an elevated radial on 160 inverted
> "L"  had dropped and touching a tree limb was the problem.
>
> 73, Mike
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron D'Eau Claire
> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 12:33 PM
> To: 'ai6ii' ; [hidden email]
> Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
> down
>
> Mark has an excellent point, especially if you have a ferrite core
> transformer (balun, etc.) somewhere in the antenna system. One thing
> that can cause that behavior is heating of the toroid core. At a
> certain temperature, the core's magnetic properties change
> dramatically, changing the inductance and so causing the SWR to
> change.
>
> Ron AC7AC
>
> -----Original Message-----
>
> What happens when you run the KPA-500 into a dummy load? If all is
> well, I would guess that something is changing under high power and
> affecting the load.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
> To: [hidden email]
> Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key down
>
>
> I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When
> testing with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m
> (21.200). With the K3 at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and
> 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I bring the amp online and drive it at 200
> watts, all is still good even with a 15 second key down period.
> Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay with key down, although
> the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase the drive a little
> more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500 shows REFL HI
> and drops into STBY.
>
> And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!
>
> So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand
> new premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.
>
> I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?
>
> ..mike
>
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Message: 15
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:27:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: ai6ii <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
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Okay, some more info. The KPA500 does not have a problem with the inverted
vee for 40 meters, but I will set it up with a dummy load to check just in
case. And I will try the dummy load at the antenna end of the coax as a test
tomorrow.

The antenna is the new Q-52 2 element yagi five band from N6BT. It uses
relays on both the driven element and the reflector to cover 20m (high and
low) 17, 15, 12 and 10. I have contacted Tom Schiller who says he has tested
the antenna with 600-700 watts on CW so power should not be a problem. I
also thought the high power might somehow be keying the relays as the
eight-wire control cable parallels the coax 4 feet across the boom, down the
30 foot mast in through the garage in a pvc conduit then into the shack. I
tried moving the control box away from the amp and experimented with running
the coax a different route into the shack, although the coax and control
cable still came down the mast next to each other. None of these had any
affect.

..mike AI6II

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Message: 16
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:30:35 -0500
From: Willis <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
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What Antenna are you using?  Not only the balun needs to be rated for your
power but the coils and wire does too.  Many mfgrs overrated their
equipment.  For 500 watts use kw rated antennas.  RG 213 is good but wire
and loading need to be #14.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 4, 2012, at 12:00, ai6ii <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When
> testing with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m
> (21.200). With the K3 at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and
> 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I bring the amp online and drive it at 200
> watts, all is still good even with a 15 second key down period.
> Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay with key down, although
> the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase the drive a little
> more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500 shows REFL HI and
drops into STBY.

>
> And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!
>
> So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand
> new premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.
>
> I will try a different coax. Any other suggestions?
>
> ..mike
>
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Message: 17
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:42:35 -0500
From: Nate Bargmann <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3]  N3FJP rig control settings?
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
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* On 2012 04 Jun 11:45 -0500, Willis wrote:
> If you are using a USB converter rather than a rs-232 connection it
> may be your problem as many of the USB converters do not give you a
> full featured connection.

All that is needed for K3 control are TXD, RXD, and Ground.  DTR and RTS are
used for PTT and Key-in (see page 18 of the manual), not serial
communications.  The problem, as described earlier, is that the program is
setting the mode first and then the frequency.  I've asked other program
authors to reverse those two commands and they have willingly complied.  The
sequence is important on the K3 as mode is retained on a per band/VFO basis
and it acts on commands as autonomous units.  To me it seems as though
setting the freq first and then the mode should be the proper sequence for
all rigs, not just the K3.  Perhaps programs should be smarter (and some
likely are) where after changing the frequency the mode is polled and then
changed only if necessary.

The only problem with USB to serial adapters when controlling the K3 is
apparently with drivers on certain legacy operating systems.  I've used a
couple of Prolific based converters on my Linux machines with nary an issue.

Sent from my Linux computer!

73, de Nate, N0NB >>

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Message: 18
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:43:36 -0700
From: Hank Garretson <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
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On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM, Willis <[hidden email]> wrote:

For 500 watts use kw rated antennas.  RG 213 is good but wire and loading
> need to be #14.
>


Not my experience. For over five decades, I have used #18 wire for many
antennas. Current antenna has segments of #18 with no ill effects at 1.5kW
output.

73,

Hank, W6SX


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Message: 19
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:44:42 -0500
From: Nate Bargmann <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
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* On 2012 04 Jun 12:13 -0500, G4LNA wrote:
> Hi Nate,
>
> Blast! As soon as you mentioned "groups" the penny dropped, I've no
> idea why I didn't think of that sooner, I feel a right wally now :)
>
> Thanks mate, all systems are go, now all I've got to do is to rid
> myself of Ubuntu 9.1 and reclaim the partition, let the fun begin.

Ha ha!  Glad you have it sorted now.  I learned about permissions long ago
when I first started playing with Slackware in the mid '90s.  What fun that
was coming from a DOS background!

73, de Nate, N0NB >>

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Message: 20
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:46:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: Paul Saffren N6HZ <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] P3 SVGA interference -
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

I've found some adhesive clips that will allow the ribbon cable to be
dressed along the left inside panel.  They should be available by the end of
this week, by request, no charge (EPN: E980228). All future P3 kits and
factory assembled units will be getting them as well.

Thanks for all your help and suggestions.

73,

Paul


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Message: 21
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:49:53 -0400
From: Monty Shultes <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Openness on the reflector
To: Bill <[hidden email]>
Cc: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

If all responses of "read the manual page XX" or "check the reflector
archives" were posted, the traffic level would make the reflector much less
useful.  I even regret posting this just to avoid another comment.

Monty K2DLJ

On Jun 4, 2012, at 1:51 PM, Bill wrote:

> Simple:  Two responses to my post here and five others in my mailbox.
>
> Thanks for asking,
>
> Bill W2BLC
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Message: 22
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:57:20 -0400
From: "KQ8M" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Openness on the reflector
To: "'Bill'" <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
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That's because of the default reply of the list.

Tim Herrick, KQ8M
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Simple:  Two responses to my post here and five others in my mailbox.

Thanks for asking,

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Message: 23
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:14:35 -0700
From: Fred Jensen <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3-KPA500] SWR jumps up with 5 second key
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Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
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On 6/4/2012 10:00 AM, ai6ii wrote:

> I have installed a new antenna and have strange changing swr. When
> testing with RigExperts meter I find good resonance at say 15m
> (21.200). With the K3 at 100 watts reading is 1 bar on K3 meter and
> 1.0 on KPA500 (STBY). When I bring the amp online and drive it at 200
> watts, all is still good even with a 15 second key down period.
> Driving the KPA500 to 275 watts, still okay with key down, although
> the KPA500 meter now shows 1.1. BUT when I increase the drive a little
> more (300 watts) the swr jumps up to 2.5+ and the KPA500 shows REFL HI
> and drops into STBY.
>
> And here is the kicker...NOT ALL THE TIME!
>
> So I think it has to be in the coax. But the 75feet of RG213 is brand
> new premade from Cable Xperts with the connectors.

I strongly doubt that.  Loose connector maybe, but you've probably
already checked that.  Some suggestions:

1.  Does it do it with dummy load on output of KPA500?

2.  Does it do it with dummy load on far end of coax in place of antenna
[not always easy to do]?

3.  Does it do it with another antenna [if you have one for 15]?

4.  Does it do it on any other bands?

5.  You said it is one of Tom's multiband yagi's.  Did you tighten
everything down when you assembled it?  If I were to bet on it, I'd bet
this is your problem.

6.  Is there a balun?  If so, what happens to your TV when this high SWR
occurs?   All transformer cores will saturate at some power level, the
flux in them just cannot increase anymore, all the little magnet-lets
are already aligned.  The power at which this happens is sensitive to
the temperature, and when it does, the balun become non-linear and you
radiate all sorts of trash.  However, if I were to bet, I'd bet this is
*not* your problem.

I haven't read the rest of the email list yet and I'll bet there are a
lot of suggestions for you there by this time.  I'd have typically taken
mine off-list to you and let you publish the resolution once, however
apparently, that is poor list etiquette.  I'd like to know what the
resolution is, I occasionally have a sort of similar problem on an old
antenna that's been up for maybe 15 years.

73,

Fred K6DGW
- Northern California Contest Club
- CU in the 2012 Cal QSO Party 6-7 Oct 2012
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Message: 24
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:17:43 -0700
From: David Gilbert <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Openness on the reflector
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
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Some people are more reserved than others and prefer private exchanges
to public broadcasts.  Just ask yourself how many people are willing to
stand up at a public gathering and voice their opinion.  It's a matter
of human nature, not "openness on the reflector".  You're making it
sound like some ulterior motive when it isn't.

Besides, as someone else just pointed out it's entirely possible for
somebody to hit the "Reply" button on their email client instead of the
"Reply List" button without really paying attention.  It's a very common
happening.

But most importantly, I've been a K3 owner for over three years (a K1
owner for much longer than that) and I can't think of ANY problem (some
of which I have complained about) with the rig that hasn't received full
and repeated discussion on this reflector from both users and Elecraft.
   I honestly haven't a clue what you're talking about.   If you're so
focused on "full disclosure", how about offering a few specifics so we
know what you're talking about instead of making such vague allegations.

By the way, this normally would have been a private reply but since you
asked ...

Dave   AB7E



On 6/4/2012 10:51 AM, Bill wrote:
> Simple:  Two responses to my post here and five others in my mailbox.
>
> Thanks for asking,
>
> Bill W2BLC


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Message: 25
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:24:13 -0400
From: Arthur Burke <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 + P3 + Microkeyer
To: Bob - W6OPO <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
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If I remember correctly, microHAM specifically advises *against* connecting
like that and doing updates through the microHAM device. It would seem
prudent to disconnect your microHAM device and directly connect your P3/K3
combination and effect updates in that manner.

Art - N4PJ



On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 12:27 AM, Bob - W6OPO <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Plug the USB cable that is connected to the MicroHam Keyer into the
> PC.  Be sure you have installed and run Router defining the necessary
> port numbers for all the features in the microKeyer you intend to use.
>
> The big cable that you plugged into the back of the microKeyer with
> all the seperate leads you hooked up to the K3 - one of which is the
> serial interface (RS232).  Now the communication between the PC and K3
> is via the microKeyer.  Works fine but for one task...FW updates.
>
> Be sure to note in the manual about not trying to do any firmware
> updates in this configuration.  You MUST plug the K3 directly into the
> PC for these updates.  Believe me, as the manual says, it does NOT
> work with the microKeyer in the middle.
>
> All information is pretty clear in the MicroHam manual.
>
> 73,
>
> Bob - W6OPO
>
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Message: 26
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:27:38 -0400
From: Arthur Burke <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [K3] N3FJP rig control settings?
To: Kevin <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID:
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Agree all the way. For daily logging and superb tracking (there are gobs of
awards that can be tracked and user-defined fields if you need even more), I
also have used DXLabs for quite some time (five or six years). There *is*
somewhat of a learning curve. The author of the suite (who also co-hosts an
excellent forum) recommends learning a specific piece, then learning another
one and so forth.

If you're only interested in single-op situations, N1MM is also free and is
pretty easy to set up. If you want to get involved in multi-rig or multi-op
situations, it can be somewhat more complex. In either case, the N1MM forum
has participation from the authors and is very, very well supported.

Art - N4PJ



On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 10:03 PM, Kevin <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Depends what you want in a logging application.
> If you're just interested in electronic logging and don't want rig
> control it's just fine.
>
> If you want rig control, real time spotting network integration,
> flexible award handling and tracking including log database sorting,
> integration of LoTW and eQSL, ADIF and Cabrillo import and export,
> etc, etc, etc... Look elsewhere.
>
> I use the DX Lab Suite. It's free (I'm cheap) for general logging and
> N1MM, also free, for contesting. Others will sing the praises of Ham
> Radio Deluxe but it's free days are numbered if not over and it
> sometimes sucks the very life out of your computer (a little buggy).
> Still others like Logger32.
>
> If DX Lab wasn't free I'd pay for it.
>
>
> On 06/03/2012 07:41 PM, Jim Lowman wrote:
> > I was just looking over the N3FJP software and am glad that I ran
> > across these comments. I liked the idea that it would support Field
> > Day, the ARRL VHF contests and other major contests, as well as many
> > state QSO parties.
> >
> > Anyone have anything good to say about the software?  Alternatives
> > with the same capabilities?
> >
> > 72/73 de Jim - AD6CW
>
>
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Message: 27
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:11:08 -0400
From: John Flynn <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] KX1 ant. and cntpse. ques.
To: [hidden email]
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Good Day Everyone,

I was noodling around some KX1 topics on Nabble and found this posting by
W2XS from 7/08:

"For 40, 30, and 20 meters, I use a 42-foot wire with a large nut on the
end.  The wire is thrown over a tree branch.  A Pomona BNC-to-Bindng Posts
adaptor is used.  Three counterpoise wires cut to one quarter wave for each
band (approx. 33', 23', and 16.5') are connected to the ground binding
post."

My question is whether *all three* counterpoises are attached to the binding
post *at once*, or is he talking about changing the out the counterpoise as
he changes bands? I've been using a one-size-fits-all counterpoise and was
wondering if I've missed something basic and very useful.

Thx es 73

John KK4BOB

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Message: 28
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:14:57 -0400
From: "KQ8M" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] KX1 ant. and cntpse. ques.
To: "'John Flynn'" <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
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You can connect all at once. The ones for the band you are on will be
resonant where the others will not.

Tim Herrick, KQ8M
Charter Member North Coast Contesters
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-----Original Message-----
From: [hidden email]
[mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of John Flynn
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 4:11 PM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: [Elecraft] KX1 ant. and cntpse. ques.

Good Day Everyone,

I was noodling around some KX1 topics on Nabble and found this posting by
W2XS from 7/08:

"For 40, 30, and 20 meters, I use a 42-foot wire with a large nut on the
end.  The wire is thrown over a tree branch.  A Pomona BNC-to-Bindng Posts
adaptor is used.  Three counterpoise wires cut to one quarter wave for each
band (approx. 33', 23', and 16.5') are connected to the ground binding
post."

My question is whether *all three* counterpoises are attached to the binding
post *at once*, or is he talking about changing the out the counterpoise as
he changes bands? I've been using a one-size-fits-all counterpoise and was
wondering if I've missed something basic and very useful.

Thx es 73

John KK4BOB

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Message: 29
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:40:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gary Slagel <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] Listening on k3 subreceiver while transmitting
To: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>
Message-ID:
        <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1

Hi All,

I'm looking at getting the subreceiver for my k3.? I'm trying to figure out
if I can listen on the subreceiver while transmitting.?For instance, while
contesting, this would let me look for multipliers on the subreceiver while
running with the main receiver.? Is this possible?

Thanks,

Gary Slagel
KT0A

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Message: 30
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:02:24 -0700
From: Ron Gould <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] K3 mac software and digital interfaces
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

I am looking for suggestions for various ham radio software that works good
with a Mac and success/failures others may have had.  I do not want to run
the Mac in windows/corporate mode, sorry no more registry or blue screens of
death for me.  I am seeking advise from other K3 owners who have tried
programs like Cocomodem for digital modes both directly through K3 or
various usb hardware interfaces such as Microham, Rigblaster, Tigertonics
etc and if the expense and effort is worthwhile or just connecting the K3 to
Mac?  I do not need CW keying as I have a Begali CW machine for that, which
works great.  This is a bit off topic so email off list is fine unless you
feel your responses would be of value to others.  Thanks 73's  Ron
[hidden email]




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Message: 31
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:03:04 -0500
From: N5GE <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Listening on k3 subreceiver while transmitting
To: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1


Yes, you can, but you will only be able to hear the other stations if you
are on CW using QSK.  It won't work on phone, because both RX's will mute
when the rig is keyed in the voice and digital modes.

73,
Tom
Amateur Radio Operator N5GE
ARRL Lifetime Member
QCWA Lifetime Member

On Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:40:27 -0700 (PDT), Gary Slagel <[hidden email]>
wrote:

>Hi All,
>
>I'm looking at getting the subreceiver for my k3.? I'm trying to figure
>out if I can listen on the subreceiver while transmitting.?For
>instance, while contesting, this would let me look for multipliers on
>the subreceiver while running with the main receiver.? Is this
>possible?
>
>Thanks,
>
>Gary Slagel
>KT0A
[snip]



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Message: 32
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:14:27 -0700
From: Greg <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 mac software and digital interfaces
To: Ron Gould <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email], [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

Bill Myers, K1GQ use to have a program called Skookum Logger for
contesting that was quite good.  I don't know if he is still maintaining
it or not.

73
Greg


On 6/4/2012 2:02 PM, Ron Gould wrote:

> I am looking for suggestions for various ham radio software that works
> good with a Mac and success/failures others may have had.  I do not
> want to run the Mac in windows/corporate mode, sorry no more registry
> or blue screens of death for me.  I am seeking advise from other K3
> owners who have tried programs like Cocomodem for digital modes both
> directly through K3 or various usb hardware interfaces such as
> Microham, Rigblaster, Tigertonics etc and if the expense and effort is
> worthwhile or just connecting the K3 to Mac?  I do not need CW keying
> as I have a Begali CW machine for that, which works great.  This is a
> bit off topic so email off list is fine unless you feel your responses
> would be of value to others.  Thanks 73's  Ron [hidden email]
>
>
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Message: 33
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:14:02 -0400
From: "McWilliams F. Barry" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 mac software and digital interfaces
To: [hidden email]
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

Ron, CocoModem works great.  There's no need for an external sound card
device;  I have used an external USB sound card, iMic, which works no better
nor worse than the iMac built-in sound card.

Also, see http://machamradio.com/, which has links to a number of other Mac
ham radio applications.

Barry, K8LEF

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Message: 34
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:17:38 -0400
From: "Mark n2qt" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Listening on k3 subreceiver while transmitting
To: "Gary Slagel" <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <410BF8E732E94FCDB4088CE38FFFBCFF@Win7PC>
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset=iso-8859-1;
        reply-type=original

The possibility of duplex operation comes up from time to time, dating back
to Wayne's email in > 2009 (copied below) indicating it 'could be possible'
on different bands > using the sub-rx.  The last update (also below, from
2/12) was that there was of yet no progress.  Maybe with the KAT500, KX3
releases the Elecraft guys may be looking for something different to work on
and pick this???

This is also of interest to the satellite guys too of course.

There were some independent > measurements of isolation that were copied to
the reflector that seemed to show the isolation may be robust enough to hold
out hope.

> Mark n2qt

>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wayne Burdick
> Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 10:32 AM
> To: Bill W4ZV
> Cc: elecraft@...
> Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3: SO2R-in-a-box
>
> It may be possible to do full duplex with the sub receiver on a
> different band and antenna from main, since it's very well-shielded.
> I'll give this a try. Some firmware changes will be required.
>
> 73,
> Wayne
>
> From: Gary Surrency
> Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 12:46 PM
> To: Mark n2qt
> Subject: N2QT Re: k3 subrx
>
> Hi Mark,
>
> Sorry. Nothing more has been done on that. Wayne is deep into KX3
> development.
>
> --
> 73, Gary AB7MY
>
>
>
>
>

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Slagel
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 4:40 PM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: [Elecraft] Listening on k3 subreceiver while transmitting

Hi All,

I'm looking at getting the subreceiver for my k3.  I'm trying to figure out
if I can listen on the subreceiver while transmitting. For instance, while
contesting, this would let me look for multipliers on the subreceiver while
running with the main receiver.  Is this possible?

Thanks,

Gary Slagel
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Message: 35
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:18:16 -0500
From: W4ATK <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 mac software and digital interfaces
To: Ron Gould <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

I would not overlook the Navigator interface for use with the K3. In my
opinion it is a bit more user friendly than some of the other interfaces and
with six USB/Serial ports you will be done with that problem (CAT, PTT,
WKey, FSK, An auxiliary RS232 port) and one of the quietest USB Codecs for
those sound card apps I have ever seen. That being said i run MacLogger DX
as a logger program, Fldigi for my PSK31, RTTY etc, Flwkey for CW, Flrig for
station control. I use CrossOver and run JT65-HF and other ".exe"s I cannot
do without. You will love coin' it with a Mac.

Jim, W4ATK
On Jun 4, 2012, at 4:02 PM, Ron Gould wrote:

> I am looking for suggestions for various ham radio software that works
> good with a Mac and success/failures others may have had.  I do not
> want to run the Mac in windows/corporate mode, sorry no more registry
> or blue screens of death for me.  I am seeking advise from other K3
> owners who have tried programs like Cocomodem for digital modes both
> directly through K3 or various usb hardware interfaces such as
> Microham, Rigblaster, Tigertonics etc and if the expense and effort is
> worthwhile or just connecting the K3 to Mac?  I do not need CW keying
> as I have a Begali CW machine for that, which works great.  This is a
> bit off topic so email off list is fine unless you feel your responses
> would be of value to others.  Thanks 73's  Ron [hidden email]
>
>
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Message: 36
Date: Mon,  4 Jun 2012 14:24:13 -0700
From: Bill Frantz <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 mac software and digital interfaces
To: Ron Gould <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID:
       
<[hidden email]
l>
       
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8; format=flowed

On 6/4/12 at 14:02, [hidden email] (Ron Gould) wrote:

>I am looking for suggestions for various ham radio software
>that works good with a Mac and success/failures others may have
>had.  I do not want to run the Mac in windows/corporate mode,
>sorry no more registry or blue screens of death for me.  I am
>seeking advise from other K3 owners who have tried programs
>like Cocomodem for digital modes both directly through K3 or
>various usb hardware interfaces such as Microham, Rigblaster,
>Tigertonics etc and if the expense and effort is worthwhile or
>just connecting the K3 to Mac?  I do not need CW keying as I
>have a Begali CW machine for that, which works great.  This is
>a bit off topic so email off list is fine unless you feel your
>responses would be of value to others.  Thanks
>73's  Ron
>[hidden email]

Ron -

I use RUMLog and cocoaModem on my Mac. RUMLog can use the RS-232
interface to read the frequency from the K3. cocoaModem has been
a workhorse for my on PSK-31 (90% of my operating time after FM
repeater & SSB.)

My general PSK operating mode is to set the K3 to the base
frequency for the PSK sub-band and lock the VFO (hold LOCK).
When I start a QSO, I narrow the bandwidth of the radio to
150-250 Hz using the Lo and Hi knobs. When I end the QSO, I have
a macro to open the bandwidth to 2.3 KHz to fill my 2 KHz
waterfall. I use the RF gain knob to control over-driving the
Signalink interface. I use a Signalink because I have a MacBook
Pro which can only do audio one way at a time.

Cheers - Bill, AE6JV

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Message: 37
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:35:46 -0600
From: "Gary D Krause" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K2 - K3 Comparison Question
To: Paul Clay <[hidden email]>, "Elecraft"
        <[hidden email]>,
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain;charset=iso-8859-1;format="flowed"

Hi Paul,

I own the K2 and K3.  Like you, I'm not a contester.  I actually prefer the
sound of the K2 on CW.  To me it sounds warmer and smoother.  The tone of
the
K3 isn't bad and if I didn't have a K2 to compare it to, I probably wouldn't

notice.  The K3 sounds a little rough or raspy to me as compared with my K2.

Gary, N7HTS


On Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:17:29 -0700 (PDT)
  Paul Clay <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Could someone owning both the K2 and K3 comment on the respective tone
>quality of received CW signals.  When using my K2, I often find myself
>marveling at the high quality of the received signals; the CW has a
melodious
>quality that's a please to listen to for hours on end - the signals sound
>like someone's sitting at high quality piano tapping out code, very very
>pleasing to the ear.  Does/can the SDR K3 sound as good?  I can't tell from

>listening to Youtube videos I've checked out, where people are fixated on
>demonstrating the adjacent signal rejection qualities of the K3 (the
feature
>most often, and justifiably according to all the articles and posts I've
>read, touted for the K3).  Is the tonal quality I love in my K2 a function
of
>it being an analog receiver, something I'll have to forgo to obtain the
>better selectivity of the K3, or is the difference I appear to notice just
a
>function/artifact of the Youtube videos I've been watching?
>
> Thanks,
> Paul, N6LQ
>
> Not trolling for a flame here; it's just I'm not a contester and am
>not
>really interested in giving up any of the listenability and other features
>that make my K2 so much fun to use just to get the ability to reject strong

>adjacent signals;  I'd like to be able to have all of the superior
>selectivity and noise reduction features of the K3 without having to give
up
>any of the great qualities of my K2, and need to get a warm and fuzzy on
this

>point before making the considerable investment in a K3.  Again, thanks in
>advance for any helpful observations you can offer!
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Message: 38
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:35:54 -0700
From: Howard Stephenson <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] KAT500
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

We hope to get the e-mail conformations of the KAT500 phone orders out
within the next 2 weeks.
The office staff has been very busy processing orders.
We apologize for the delay.

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Customer Support
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Message: 39
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:40:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: TI2/NA7U <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] K2 hook-up to an ALS-600 amp
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

If anyone has used an ALS-600 with their K2 I'd like to hear any tips you
may have.

I have a K2 with the PA/ATU outboard in separate enclosure that I want to
use to drive the amp. Is there nothing more to do than to install a cable
from the K2/100 PA KEY OUT to the ALS-600's RELAY jack (and RF OUT to RF IN,
of course)? I've read that at least with the K3 hooking up ALC is not needed
(of course, I have to take care not to use too much drive from the K2).

I have parts on order for the AD5X QSK mod, but they probably won't be here
for quite a while. What would you recommend that I set the QSK delay to in
the K2 to avoid switching while hot? I don't mind giving up fast QSK for the
time being.

tnx es 73,

Casey, TI2/NA7U
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Message: 40
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:47:57 -0400
From: "Joe Subich, W4TV" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 mac software and digital interfaces
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed


If you're using a Mac, look at MacLoggerDX, Aether or RUMLog for logging and
cocoaModem for digital modes.  That suite of software (cocoaModem works well
with either MLDX or RUMLog) functions quite well with nothing more than an
iMic sound card (so Operating system sounds do not reach the radio) and a
basic USB to serial converter.

If you want everything in one box, look at microHAM USB Interface III (which
works as standard USB sound card and serial converter under OS-X).  While
other interfaces provide additional capabilities, the USB III provides
everything needed for the vast majority of Mac users.

73,

    ... Joe, W4TV


On 6/4/2012 5:02 PM, Ron Gould wrote:
> I am looking for suggestions for various ham radio software that works
good with a Mac and success/failures others may have had. I do not want to
run the Mac in windows/corporate mode, sorry no more registry or blue
screens of death for me. I am seeking advise from other K3 owners who have
tried programs like Cocomodem for digital modes both directly through K3 or
various usb hardware interfaces such as Microham, Rigblaster, Tigertonics
etc and if the expense and effort is worthwhile or just connecting the K3 to
Mac? I do not need CW keying as I have a Begali CW machine for that, which
works great. This is a bit off topic so email off list is fine unless you
feel your responses would be of value to others. Thanks

> 73's  Ron
> [hidden email]
>
>
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Message: 41
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:58:43 -0400
From: Don Wilhelm <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K2 hook-up to an ALS-600 amp
To: TI2/NA7U <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

Casey,

Changing the T-R delay in the K2 will not eliminate hot switching.  The
time between the KeyOut going low and the onset of RF is close to 8 ms.
and is not adjustable.

So, yes, you will need that AD5X mod.

What the T-R delay in the K2 menu does is delay the transition from
transmit to receive.  That can be used to prevent amplifier relay
clacking on CW, but you will not have full QSK.

I would suggest you activate the amplifier relay with a foot switch (or
other manual switch) in the meantime.  The amp relay should connect the
K2 directly to the antenna if you forget the foot switch, so no harm
should come from operation like that.

73,
Don W3FPR


On 6/4/2012 5:40 PM, TI2/NA7U wrote:

> If anyone has used an ALS-600 with their K2 I'd like to hear any tips
> you may have.
>
> I have a K2 with the PA/ATU outboard in separate enclosure that I want
> to use to drive the amp. Is there nothing more to do than to install a
> cable from the K2/100 PA KEY OUT to the ALS-600's RELAY jack (and RF
> OUT to RF IN, of course)? I've read that at least with the K3 hooking
> up ALC is not needed (of course, I have to take care not to use too
> much drive from the K2).
>
> I have parts on order for the AD5X QSK mod, but they probably won't be
> here for quite a while. What would you recommend that I set the QSK
> delay to in the K2 to avoid switching while hot? I don't mind giving
> up fast QSK for the time being.
>


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Message: 42
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:16:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: vk4tux <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

I had posted this previous before Nates post;

"Paul, Sound like a permissions problem, sudo chmod 777 the device and
try again.
Or, join a group with permissions, eg: dialout

run (example , use your ttyUSBx id)

[root@fedora16desk ~]# ls -l /dev/ttyUSB0
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 188, 0 Jun  4 19:49 /dev/ttyUSB0
[root@fedora16desk ~]#

Above will show the group owner i.e dialout.

Adrian ... vk4tux"

I received that post which was sent to [hidden email], however I
dont see here it it in the nabble list, as I was trying to work out why you
did not see it.

oh well.



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Message: 43
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:26:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: TI2/NA7U <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K2 hook-up to an ALS-600 amp
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

Thanks Don. It so happens I have a foot switch so I will use that while
waiting the AD5X stuff.

73,

Casey, TI2/NA7U

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Message: 44
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:30:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: G4LNA <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3 utility and Lbuntu 12.04
To: [hidden email]
Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

Hi Adrian,

The internet world is a strange and wonderful place at times, all designed
to frustrate us.

I simply went to the GUI in Manage Users and Groups and added it there, I've
done that dozens of times, I just forgot, it must be an age thing.

Still, hopefully this thread might help someone else if they have the same
memory affliction I seem to be suffering at the moment :)

Paul.

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Message: 45
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:36:12 -0700
From: "Ron D'Eau Claire" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Openness on the reflector
To: <[hidden email]>
Message-ID: <002701cd42a2$724c2360$56e46a20$@biz>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

I have always looked at a post on this reflector as a comment made among a
group of friendly, polite Hams just as one might make at a Ham club meeting.


One of the big advantages of posting on the reflector is similar to
advantage of discussing a subject with a bunch of like-minded Hams at a club
meeting: learning. Listening to others responses, being corrected politely
and clearly when we make mistakes, and hashing out many opinions on issues
is a huge opportunity to gain insights and to learn things.

People are not always polite on the reflector, just as they aren't in
person. We all have bad days. We all sometimes say something we later
realize wasn't "heard" in the right way. And there are a few - very, very
few IMX - who are just impolite people, Hi! But, IMX, some of the most
memorable and pleasurable acquaintances I've had in my lifetime were with
people who were downright rude when we first met.

I think that experiencing someone's "rough" side from time to time is a very
small price to pay to gather the community of thought, information and
experiences about an issue that public exchange provides.

73,

Ron AC7AC

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Some people are more reserved than others and prefer private exchanges to
public broadcasts.  Just ask yourself how many people are willing to stand
up at a public gathering and voice their opinion.  It's a matter of human
nature, not "openness on the reflector".  You're making it sound like some
ulterior motive when it isn't.

Besides, as someone else just pointed out it's entirely possible for
somebody to hit the "Reply" button on their email client instead of the
"Reply List" button without really paying attention.  It's a very common
happening.

But most importantly, I've been a K3 owner for over three years (a K1 owner
for much longer than that) and I can't think of ANY problem (some of which I
have complained about) with the rig that hasn't received full and repeated
discussion on this reflector from both users and Elecraft.
   I honestly haven't a clue what you're talking about.   If you're so
focused on "full disclosure", how about offering a few specifics so we know
what you're talking about instead of making such vague allegations.

By the way, this normally would have been a private reply but since you
asked ...

Dave   AB7E




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Message: 46
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:43:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: ke9uw <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] KX1 ATU causes power to drop off...
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I just finished the KX1 kit and without the tuner, power output into a 50
ohm load is about 10W on 80M, and 4W on 40M, 30M, and 20M using a Bird
meter, 50W slug. However the ATU which seems to work well in all testing,
all the relays click, etc., in TUNE the power starts out at a reading of
about 3 watts (40, 30, 20...a watt higher on 80) and falls off in about 2 to
3 seconds to about .5 watts. The Bird meter shows exactly the same power
fall off.
Also the SWR reading in all cases reads 1.0 using the dummy load. So it
seems like something is heating up (don't feel any heat anywhere) and the
power falls off...but it still always reads an SWR of 1.0 when I go out of
TUNE. When I remove the ATU and install the jumper the power is steady for
all bands (just higher on 80M).

When I activate L0 thru L3 and C1 thru C3, I get a significant change
(normal) in SWR cycling thru L0 thru L3, but cycling thru C1 thru C3, the
SWR seems to just change from 2.0 to 2.1 to 2.0    

Not sure what to look at...

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Re: AC Log - Forum

Jim Low man
And your quoting of an entire digest added what value to this list?

73 de Jim - AD6CW

On 6/4/2012 4:15 PM, W0UCE wrote:
> Is there not an AC Log Forum to communicate about such issues versus here on
> Elecraft?
>
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Re: AC Log - Forum

Tim Herrick
He is just asking if there is another group more appropriate to the discussion. No need to jump on him.

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From: [hidden email] [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Jim Lowman
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 7:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [Elecraft] AC Log - Forum

And your quoting of an entire digest added what value to this list?

73 de Jim - AD6CW

On 6/4/2012 4:15 PM, W0UCE wrote:
> Is there not an AC Log Forum to communicate about such issues versus here on
> Elecraft?
>
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Re: AC Log - Forum

Scott Manthe-2
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So, you're posting an extraneous post to complain about extraneous
posts? BTW, the discussion of which logging programs work well with the
K3 seems to be a completely legitimate topic for this list.

73,
Scott, N9AA

On 6/4/12 7:15 PM, W0UCE wrote:
> Is there not an AC Log Forum to communicate about such issues versus here on
> Elecraft?
>
>
>

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W5RDW
Go to http://www.n3fjp.com/ and scroll down the left side of the page and you will find "Join N3FJP Users Group". There they list a number of groups to subscribe to (mostly Yahoo groups).
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Re: AC Log - Forum

N5GE-2
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I strongly disagree, but since you don't seem to mind the posting of questions
regarding other topics....

Beginning of exaggerated nonsense post:
 
I have a question for the group:

I have two K3's and I would like to know in the opinion of the group on which
side my John Deere tractor cab should I mount my K3.  Should I mount on the left
side just to the left of the oil pressure gauge or on the right just to the
right of tachometer?

I'm kind of leaning towards the left side because there are binding posts the
for accessories there.  The wires on the binding post appear #4 wire.  Would
that be heavy enough to handle the transmit amperage draw from the K3?

While I'm at it could you tell me where I should mount the antenna and what
brand you recommend for mounting on a tractor.  If I mount the antenna on the
top of the cab just above the front window frame, will the windshield wipers
have an affect on TX or RX purity?

Also I wonder if someone can tell me what sort of noise filtering I should
install and where I should put it.  The tractor is a diesel, but it does have an
electrical system that runs the computers, which brings to mind whether my K3
will interfere with the computer and the gauges on the dash.  Can anyone help me
decide what to do about that?  It might even be dangerous, so if anyone know's
the answers to my questions, please email me via the list.

End of nonsense post:

Thre is a simple one line polite non-agressive answer to a post like the one
above.  Can anyone guess what it is?

Thanks and have a nice day,
73,
Tom
Amateur Radio Operator N5GE
ARRL Lifetime Member
QCWA Lifetime Member

On Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:06:43 -0400, Scott Manthe <[hidden email]> wrote:

>So, you're posting an extraneous post to complain about extraneous
>posts? BTW, the discussion of which logging programs work well with the
>K3 seems to be a completely legitimate topic for this list.
>
>73,
>Scott, N9AA

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Re: AC Log - Forum

Bob K6UJ
You guys have way too much time on your hands.
C'mon if a post relates to a K3,   its OK.  
Taking a stand on when a post might be weighted too much in another direction is laughably foolish.   :-)
Could I offer a diversion ?  Sudan, ST2AR is on, try working him with your K3.

73,
Bob
K6UJ





On Jun 5, 2012, at 10:27 AM, N5GE wrote:

> I strongly disagree, but since you don't seem to mind the posting of questions
> regarding other topics....
>
> Beginning of exaggerated nonsense post:
>
> I have a question for the group:
>
> I have two K3's and I would like to know in the opinion of the group on which
> side my John Deere tractor cab should I mount my K3.  Should I mount on the left
> side just to the left of the oil pressure gauge or on the right just to the
> right of tachometer?
>
> I'm kind of leaning towards the left side because there are binding posts the
> for accessories there.  The wires on the binding post appear #4 wire.  Would
> that be heavy enough to handle the transmit amperage draw from the K3?
>
> While I'm at it could you tell me where I should mount the antenna and what
> brand you recommend for mounting on a tractor.  If I mount the antenna on the
> top of the cab just above the front window frame, will the windshield wipers
> have an affect on TX or RX purity?
>
> Also I wonder if someone can tell me what sort of noise filtering I should
> install and where I should put it.  The tractor is a diesel, but it does have an
> electrical system that runs the computers, which brings to mind whether my K3
> will interfere with the computer and the gauges on the dash.  Can anyone help me
> decide what to do about that?  It might even be dangerous, so if anyone know's
> the answers to my questions, please email me via the list.
>
> End of nonsense post:
>
> Thre is a simple one line polite non-agressive answer to a post like the one
> above.  Can anyone guess what it is?
>
> Thanks and have a nice day,
> 73,
> Tom
> Amateur Radio Operator N5GE
> ARRL Lifetime Member
> QCWA Lifetime Member
>
> On Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:06:43 -0400, Scott Manthe <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> So, you're posting an extraneous post to complain about extraneous
>> posts? BTW, the discussion of which logging programs work well with the
>> K3 seems to be a completely legitimate topic for this list.
>>
>> 73,
>> Scott, N9AA
>
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Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft
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Correct.

But please limit replies to OT threads in the interest of improving SNR
on the list, and so I do not have to jump in and end them.

73,

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On 6/5/2012 2:06 PM, Ron D'Eau Claire wrote:

> In the past, Eric was clear that any post was okay if it related to anything
> to do with Ham radio that an Elecraft owner might encounter, whether or not
> it directly concerned an Elecraft rig. Years ago (I've been monitoring this
> reflector since 2000) such threads covered how to send CW, adjust a bug,
> raise an antenna, the best kind of solder, the best tools for various jobs,
> etc., etc. More recently they involve using various Ham software. Times
> change.
>
> All I've seen Eric change is to ask that threads be limited in length as the
> reflector had gotten busier with more members and more Elecraft products.
>
> 73 Ron AC7AC
>
> -----Original Message-----
> You guys have way too much time on your hands.
> C'mon if a post relates to a K3,   its OK.
> Taking a stand on when a post might be weighted too much in another
> direction is laughably foolish.   :-)
> Could I offer a diversion ?  Sudan, ST2AR is on, try working him with your
> K3.
>
> 73,
> Bob
> K6UJ
>
>
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Re: AC Log - Forum

Terry Schieler
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Give up farming!

Terry, W0FM



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From: N5GE [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 12:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] AC Log - Forum

I strongly disagree, but since you don't seem to mind the posting of questions regarding other topics....

Beginning of exaggerated nonsense post:
 
I have a question for the group:

I have two K3's and I would like to know in the opinion of the group on which side my John Deere tractor cab should I mount my K3.  Should I mount on the left side just to the left of the oil pressure gauge or on the right just to the right of tachometer?


I'm kind of leaning towards the left side because there are binding posts the for accessories there.  The wires on the binding post appear #4 wire.  Would that be heavy enough to handle the transmit amperage draw from the K3?

While I'm at it could you tell me where I should mount the antenna and what brand you recommend for mounting on a tractor.  If I mount the antenna on the top of the cab just above the front window frame, will the windshield wipers have an affect on TX or RX purity?

Also I wonder if someone can tell me what sort of noise filtering I should install and where I should put it.  The tractor is a diesel, but it does have an electrical system that runs the computers, which brings to mind whether my K3 will interfere with the computer and the gauges on the dash.  Can anyone help me decide what to do about that?  It might even be dangerous, so if anyone know's the answers to my questions, please email me via the list.

End of nonsense post:

Thre is a simple one line polite non-agressive answer to a post like the one above.  Can anyone guess what it is?

Thanks and have a nice day,
73,
Tom
Amateur Radio Operator N5GE
ARRL Lifetime Member
QCWA Lifetime Member

On Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:06:43 -0400, Scott Manthe <[hidden email]> wrote:

>So, you're posting an extraneous post to complain about extraneous
>posts? BTW, the discussion of which logging programs work well with the
>K3 seems to be a completely legitimate topic for this list.
>
>73,
>Scott, N9AA



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